Even though defensive spray is the largest selling self-defense tool in the world and used in over 50 countries worldwide, some cities and states still have pepper spray restrictions on the composition of pepper sprays, the size of the container or the amount of oleoresin capsicum in each spray. We make note of the fact that pepper spray laws are changing all the time, so check with your local law enforcement office just to be sure is legal in your area.
State Laws and Restrictions
States Where Pepper Sprays are Restricted
New York: Legal with restrictions
Massachusetts: Legal with restrictions
States Where Pepper Sprays Have Some Restrictions
Michigan: Pepper spray must not be more than 10% and can be used for self-defense. "The reasonable use of a self-defense spray or foam device containing not more than 10% oleoresin capsicum by a person in the protection of a person or property under circumstances that would justify the person's use of physical force. The Canister size is restricted to 35grams approx. 1.2oz.
Wisconsin: Tear gas is not permissible. By regulation, OC products with a maximum OC concentration of 10% and weight range of oleoresin of capsicum and inert ingredients of 15-60 grams are authorized. This is 1/2 oz. and 2 oz. spray. Further, the product cannot be camouflaged, and must have a safety feature designed to prevent accidental discharge. The units may not have an effective range of over 20 feet and must have an effective range of six feet. In addition, there are certain labeling and packaging requirements: most states cannot sell to anyone under 18 and the phone number of the manufacturer has to be on the label. The units must also be sold in sealed tamper-proof packages.
IMPORTANT: Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states; however, a number of cities and states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc. If you have a question, it is wise to check with your local city or state attorney’s office. Defense sprays should only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older.